King of Cups – Rider-Waite

King of Cups - Rider-Waite court card

King of Cups Keywords and Meanings

Fair man, man of business, law, or divinity; responsible, disposed to oblige the Querent; also equity, art and science, including those who profess science, law and art; creative intelligence.

Additional meanings: Beware of ill-will on the part of a man of position, and of hypocrisy pretending to help.

 

King of Cups keywords Reversed

Dishonest, double-dealing man; roguery, exaction, vice, scandal, pillage, considerable loss.

Additional meanings: Loss.

Rider-Waite – King of Cups description


He holds a short sceptre in his left hand and a great cup in his right; his throne is set upon the sea; on one side a ship is riding and on the other a dolphin is leaping. The implicit is that the Sign of the Cup naturally refers to water, which appears in all the court cards.

Paul Foster-Case

King of Cups

The YOD in the vesica refers to the attribution of all Kings to the Sephirah of Wisdom, and to the letter Yod. He represents the positive aspects of desire-force in the mental realm.

Time period

From beginning of last decanate of Genini to end of second decanate of Cancer, June 20th to July 10th, combining the rulerships of Saturn-Uranus, the Moon, and Mars. Subtle and secretive; crafty, psychic, artistic; strong, violent desires, but calm exterior.

Well-dignified

Friendly to the Querent, and really wise.

Ill-dignified

Evil and merciless, and likely to be attracted by occult studies promising power and wisdom for the satisfaction of desire without purification of character.

Appearance

Fair-haired and blue eyes.

Etteilla

Le Roi de Coupe

Fair, Honest Man, Integrity, Equity, Art, Science.

Reversed

Distinguished, Honest. Dishonest Man. Exaction, Misappropriation of Public Funds, Injustice, Bandit, Swindler, Rogue. Vice, Corruption, Scandal.

 

Thierens

King of Cups

TRADITION

Fair and honest man; of business, law or divinity; responsible, disposed to oblige the querent; probity, equity, art and science, and those who profess science, art and law. Reversed: Honest or dishonest man equally (?); thief, brigand, rogue. Vice, corruption, scandal.

THEORY

This king is the chief of the kingdom of the soul, coming on the Ninth house, and consequently must indicate the teacher, prophet, man of law and divinity; the professor, inspirer and great traveller; sometimes a hunter, a wanderer, or a sailor, a yachtsman. Honesty and probity will be generally his characteristics, but some fantasy may be mixed with it and he may be less particular in details or accuracy. He may be exuberant or even excessive, and this may cause some excitement, but we see nothing of ‘scandal, vice,’ thievishness or anything of that kind in this card. There is a lively sentiment of justice in it and the person indicated by it will certainly be disposed to render justice to the querent, whether he be connected with the law or not. If the querent is himself a weak or vicious individual, the card may indicate the judge before whom he has to appear. At all events it may represent the idea of judgment of the querent’s actions or business. Further there is less of ‘science’ in this card than of philosophy, which is quite another department. There is the idea of promoting, inspiring, pushing. There lies promise for the future and likeliness of monetary advances in this Sagittarian card.

CONCLUSION

Honest man, philosophical or idealistic, doctor or professor, teacher, man of the law, traveller, promoter, inspirer, hunter, wanderer, sailor, etc. The querent’s actions, business or wants will be judged and brought to light. There may be some exaggeration, fantasy or want of accuracy, but there is certainly hope and promise for the future. Perhaps travelling on the sea. W. rightly observes under this head: “The implicit is that the sign of the Cup naturally refers to water, which appears in all court-cards” (i.e. of this suit.)

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